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Projekts «Būris». 9.maijs Baltijas valstīs – vēsture, politika un hibrīdkara ierocis.

Būris: May 9th as history, politics and propaganda

To some in the Baltic states, May 9 is World War II's 'Victory Day', to others it is a painful reminder of decades of postwar occupation.

According to Rasa Juknevičienė, a Lithuanian MEP (Group of the European People's Party), it is a chance for Russia to engage in sowing divisions in European states and pushing its pro-Soviet, nationalist version of history. 

"We see from our side that the Kremlin is using history as a hybrid tool, to make chaos," she says in the latest 'Būris' discussion from Brussels hosted by LTV's Ilze Nagla.

Also participating in the discussion is former commander of the Estonian Defense Forces and now a Member of the European Parliament, Riho Terras (Group of the European People's Party).

"Russia is misinterpreting history, is using history and rewriting history, and there are many attempts to push it on the Russian-speaking population in Estonia" he points out. The discussion considers what are and what are not suitable ways to mark history and what steps need to be taken to ensure the Europeans of the future have an accurate idea of their past. 

The Brussels discussions in English are bolstered by local Latvian-language debates on related issues. You can see the list of topics that will be covered at the dedicated Būris web page on LSM. These include animal welfare, multiculturalism, euthanasia, and other controversial themes. 

The Būris ('Cage') project is co-financed by the European Union.

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